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31st Sun. in Ord. Time
October 30, 2005
Read. I (Malachi 1:14b-2:2b,8-10)
Reading II (1 Thes 2:7b-9,13)
Gospel (St. Matthew 23:1-12)
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In the first reading today, God,
speaking through His prophet Malachi,
speaks to the priests and says to them, You have turned aside from the
way I have taught you, and you have led many astray by your
instructions. Therefore, I have made you contemptible before the
people. Never before have these words been so true as they are now.
What I have to say today is a tragedy, but it needs to be said because
once again the bishops of the United States are trying to cause a
scandal and to destroy our children. Parents need to be aware of what
is going on.
Back in 2002, after the bishops very hastily put together something
that they call Protecting God’s
Children, the charter for protecting children from sexual
abusers, one of the things that was put in there, and this is something
that is certainly laudatory, is that they wanted to raise awareness of
child sexual abuse in all of the dioceses of the United States. Well,
they have just recently interpreted their document to determine that
that means every single diocese in the United States is absolutely
required to have programs that are going to raise this awareness.
Again, by itself that sounds very good; however, there are two
different elements to this thing.
The first part of it is something that all employees, as well as all volunteers who would work with
children in any capacity, are required to take. We just did that
last week under obedience from the archbishop, and what I can tell you
is the program by itself was worthless enough.
It was fairly innocuous, didn’t say much, except for two points that
really stuck out. Number one, they were presenting a series of myths
regarding sexual abuse.
One of the myths that they put up there was that homosexuals are more
likely to commit child sexual abuse than heterosexuals. The reason they
put that up there is because if you look at the numbers in America,
first of all, remembering that only 2% of people in America call
themselves homosexual (98% do not), they look at the numbers and they
say, “Look, these 98% of the people committed more crimes of sexual
abuse than these 2%.”
That is true enough. However, if you look at the ratio of sex abuse
crimes committed by the 2% as opposed to the 98%, there is no
comparison. In fact, in the Church more than 85% of all the sexual
abuse cases that have been pressed or come forward are homosexual. So
it is a deceptive lie.
Then they went on to say something else which really struck a chord in
me; it said, “Parents must monitor all
programs that their children would be involved in.” Well, I
couldn’t agree more, except that the
program the bishops are forcing upon our children the parents are not
allowed to monitor.
That is the reason why I am here to speak against this, because you
need to know for the sake of your children what is going on.
First of all, the bishops hired a woman by the name of Teresa Kettelkamp to be the head of
this Protecting God’s Children program. Ms. Kettelkamp has affiliations
with some pro-abortion movements and organizations–the Feminist
Majority, for instance. Ms. Kettelkamp claims that she is not
pro-abortion, but at the same time she also claimed that she has never
heard of or met a woman named Eleanor Smeal, who is the head of the
But it is very interesting that if you looked on their website, Ms.
Kettelkamp was on an advisory board for an arm of that particular
organization, and she also received an award from that organization
that is called the “Breaking the Glass
Ceiling Award.” That is annually given by Eleanor Smeal at a
banquet. So unless Ms. Smeal was sick or something that night, there is
no possible way that Ms. Kettelkamp could not have known who she was
and she certainly cannot claim that she has never met her.
This woman recently sent out a memo to every bishop in the country. In
that memo she said that every single child in a Catholic school
setting, whether that be the regular school or CCD, is required to take
a “Safe Touch Program.”
Now, mind you, this starts in
There are only two groups of children who do not have to take it:
number one, children who have had a similar program in a public school
(Since when do we teach regarding sexuality exactly what they teach in
the public school about sexuality?); and number two, the parents who
will sign a form for the insurance company to opt out of this hideous
program. Even if you decide to opt your children out of the program, of
course they are going to come back into the classroom with a bunch of
kids who have just been through the program and they are going to be
affected by it anyway.
But the reason why Ms. Kettelkamp
tells us that every child in the Catholic schools is absolutely
required to take this is because we cannot trust parents to teach their
children these things because we know, she says, that some child
abuse takes place in the home.
Isn’t it interesting that the reason this unfortunate thing was even
started is because of all the child sexual abuse that has taken place
in the Church, yet we are going to say that because a few occasions of
child sexual abuse take place in the home we therefore are going to
vilify all parents and we are going to say that we cannot trust parents
to teach their kids. But we in the
Church–who have scandalized the whole world by what is going on–we can
trust ourselves to teach our children what is good for them.
Well, I recently had an opportunity, much to my chagrin, to be able to
see one of the books. This by itself was pretty astounding because as a
parent if you want to monitor this program they will not let you. In
the dioceses where such programs have been implemented, parents who
have objected just tend to get pushed aside. If they continue to press
then they show them a marketing book. Of course, they took everything
offensive out of that particular book so the parents can look at that.
And if you continue to push, reluctantly they will allow you to sit
down in a principal’s office and look at the book that your
five-year-old is looking at. I got to look at that book and it was
Keep in mind also before I say anything else that a number of the
supplementary materials on the bishop’s list of books that the children
should be looking at are approved by
Planned Parenthood. At least four of the people on the Board of
Directors for this program that we are being required to take that they
call VIRTUS, which interestingly is a word that means “truth,” have
some very, very unfortunate
affiliations with Planned Parenthood organizations, or Planned
Parenthood affiliated organizations, or SIECUS, which is a radical feminist
pro-abortion group. Yet these are the ones who are telling us what our
kids ought to be looking at.
In this particular book, which I will spare you the details, it began
by having our five-year-old children, after looking at a line drawing
of a bunch of nude people, turn the page and they have anatomically
correct names for all of the genitalia and the children are to repeat
these out loud three times. These are five-year-olds. I had to go back
and call a friend of mine who is a nurse and say, “Can you tell me what this word means?
I’ve never heard it before.” But our five-year-olds are supposed to be
repeating it. They claim that this is not a sex-ed course, but rather
they say, “This is a Safe Touch course.”
In one of the books, after repeating all of the vulgar words as well
other things, the children then are to draw pictures on a silhouette of
various body parts, although it says, “Not the private ones.” They just
repeat the words for the private parts, but they don’t have to draw
These things are nothing short of disgusting, and, if I may say, they completely violate the teaching of the
Roman Catholic Church. Let me read to you from Paragraph No. 78
of the Vatican document called The
Truth and Meaning of Human Sexuality:
“It can be
said that a child is in the stage described in John Paul II’s words as
‘the years of innocence’ from about five years of age until puberty–the
beginning of which can be set at the first signs of changes in the boy
or girl’s body (the visible effect of an increased production of sexual
period of tranquility and serenity must never be disturbed by
unnecessary information about sex. During those years, before any
physical sexual development is evident, it is normal for the child’s
interests to turn to other aspects of life. The rudimentary instinctive
sexuality of very small children has disappeared. Boys and girls of
this age are not particularly interested in sexual problems, and they
prefer to associate with children of their own sex. So as not to
disturb this important natural phase of growth, parents will recognize
that prudent formation in chaste love during this period should be
indirect, in preparation for puberty, when direct information will be
The Church is very clear on a couple of points: number
one, that during
the innocent years of a child’s life they are not to be assailed with
all kinds of information regarding sexuality; number two, that it is not for a Catholic school to be
teaching this filth. It is for parents to teach sexuality to
their children, not for us to try to indoctrinate children in some
Planned Parenthood idea of what sexuality is supposed to be. The
bishops’ program has gone directly against what the Catholic Church
teaches regarding sexuality itself. It makes it entirely base and
disgusting rather than something which is exalted, holy, and beautiful.
In this program that we had to go through, I raised my hand and pointed
out a few of these things. The man who was facilitating it did a
reasonable enough job, other than the fact that he did not even know
the name of the program; but beyond that, when I asked the questions,
he refused to answer them and he just kept saying, “This program is
only for adults,” that is, the program we were taking as adults.
When I said, “I know that. I’m talking
about the one that is being forced on the children in school,”
he kept saying, “No, this program is only for adults.” Then when
finally pushed, he said, “No, it’s up to each individual parish to
decide whether or not they are going to have this program, and even
from there it is up to the individual teacher to decide what words to
use that would be appropriate to the children.” That is directly contrary to what Ms.
Kettelkamp has told the bishops.
Beyond that, thanks be to God, the pastor of this parish stood up and very
courageously said in front of everybody, “This program will not be
implemented in the Saint Agnes School.” Thanks be to God, at least we
will not have to worry about it here, but you need to tell your friends
because it will be implemented in almost every school throughout the
In case you think that I am speaking completely out of turn, I am going
to read to you a few questions about this program that Bishop Robert
Vasa of Baker, Oregon has written. Bishop Vasa is a very interesting
man because in this case he is a
member of the Bishop’s Committee on Protecting God’s Children.
So this is not just some renegade bishop out there who thinks this is
stupid. This is somebody who is a member of their own committee and he
is refusing to allow this program to be implemented in his diocese. Let
me read to you the questions that Bishop Vasa asked:
programs effective? Do such programs impose an unduly burdensome
responsibility on very young children to protect themselves rather than
insisting that parents take such training and take on the primary
responsibility for protecting their children? Where do these programs
Is it true that Planned Parenthood
has a hand in or at least a huge influence on many of them? Is it true
that other groups, actively promoting early sexual activity for
children, promote these programs in association with their own perverse
agendas? Do such programs involve, even tangentially, the sexualization
of children, which is precisely a part of the societal evil we are
striving to combat?
Does such a program invade the Church-guaranteed right of parents over
the education of their children in sexual matters? Do I have the right
to mandate such programs and demand that parents sign a document
proving that they choose to exercise their right not to have their
child involved? Do such programs
introduce children to sex-related issues at age-inappropriate times?
Would such programs generate a fruitful spiritual harvest? Would
unsatisfactory answers to any of the questions above give sufficient
reason to resist such programs?”
Then he goes on to say:
many concerned parents who have indicated to me that the answers to all
of these questions are unsatisfactory. If this is true, do these
multiple problematic answers provide sufficient reason to resist the
charter interpretation? At very least, even the possible unsatisfactory
answers to any of the questions above leaves me unwilling and possibly
even unable to expose the children of the diocese to harm under the
guise of trying to protect them from harm.”
That, thanks be to God, is a man
who has his head screwed on straight.
When we are making a five-year-old child responsible for his or her own
protection rather than the parents being responsible for that, when we
are taking away the God-given right of parents to teach their children
regarding sexuality and taking it on ourselves, when we are telling
parents to monitor the program but not allowing them to do so, there is
something seriously wrong with this program.
It is time that parents stand up, plant their feet firmly on the
ground, and say, “No.” This is especially necessary for the fathers
because it is your job especially to protect your children. You cannot
allow them to be brainwashed and to be violated by things that are
inappropriate for these little children to hear and to see. This is not
what the Church is supposed to be doing, and yet this is being forced
down the throat of every single child who has any affiliation with a
Catholic school in this country. It is time that we stand up and simply
* This text was transcribed from the audio recording with minimal
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The Talking about Touching program takes young boys and girls, together
in the classroom, through abuse scenarios using explicit sexual
language, including the words: Vagina, Vulva, Breasts, Penis and
Buttocks. Parents may not want their young children (1st, 2nd and 3rd
grade) to be exposed to this type of language as well as story
illustrations related to genitalia and other body parts.
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Parents are strongly advised to contact the Catholic Education Center
(651) 291-4500 and view the actual program themselves.
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Girls and Boys Town reviewed the Talking About Touching program and had
a number of serious criticisms: